PPC: Palestinian Public Opinion Polling June 2012

The poll was commissioned by the Palestinian Peace Coalition - Geneva Initiative and conducted by Alpha International for Research, Polling and Informatics with the support of the European Union.
Major findings:
 
56% of Palestinian believe that the two-stae solution is the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

65% of Palestinians support the meeting of Palestinian leadership with israeli peace activists and Israeli political parties that support the two-state solution.
 
 
Ramallah – the results of the study, conducted by Alpha International for Research, Polling and Informatics regarding the political situation in the Palestinian territories, showed that 42.0% of Palestinians support the return of Palestinian - Israeli negotiations within the status quo , facing 56.4% who do not support and 1.6% who said don’t know/no opinion.
 
As for the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, results showed a split in Palestinians’ opinion about the seriousness of both Hamas and Fatah in the completion of reconciliation; while 43.3% of Palestinians said that Hamas and Fatah are serious in completing the reconciliation, 48.8% said the opposite. Results also showed that about half of Palestinians (51.5%) believe that the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah will lead to the formation of government headed by Abbas - Abu Mazen and the preparation of new elections within 6 months.
 
And on the political changes taking place in some Arab countries "The Arab spring" , 36% of Palestinians believe that this could lead to similar actions in the Palestinian territories. Results also showed that 64.6% of Palestinians support going back again to the United Nations to get international recognition.
 
Concerning the best and most effective method to end the Israeli occupation, 42.0% of Palestinians said “peace negotiations with the Israeli side” while 38.6% said “the nonviolent popular resistance”, 13.2% said “armed struggle” and 6.2% said do not know/no opinion. Results also showed that 70% of Palestinians support the participation of Israeli peace activists in the nonviolent popular resistance activities against the separation wall, settlements, house demolitions and land confiscation.
 
Results also showed that 65% of Palestinians support the meeting of Palestinian leadership with Israeli peace activists and Israeli political parties that support the two-state solution, facing 33% who opposed, and 2% who said don’t know/ no opinion.
 
As for the best solution to refugee issue, 59.8% of Palestinians said “the return to their original homes” while 29.0% said “the return to a Palestinian state”, 8.2% said “resettlement in host countries”, and 3.0% said other options such as: partial return to Israel and moving to other hosting countries.
 
Results also showed that 56% of Palestinians believe that the two-state solution is still possible and it’s the best for ending Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compared to 43% who do not believe in the two-state solution, and 1% who said don’t know/ no opinion.
 
This study was conducted by Alpha International for Research, Polling and Informatics and funded by the European Commission through the Palestinian Peace Coalition targeting a representative sample of the Palestinian society. The sample size was 1200 Palestinians (males and females) aged over 18 years and reside in the Palestinian territories, among which 34.8% in the Gaza Strip and 65.2% in the West Bank .The percentage of males was 50.8% versus 49.2% of females. Data was collected during the period between 21/6/2012 and 23/6/2012 using phone interviewing method and was weighed using the Labor Force Survey data, on variables: gender variables, age, educational level, and geographical location.